Judge denies Bulger’s bid for name of informant
BOSTON — A federal judge in the trial of reputed gangster James “Whitey” Bulger has denied a request by his lawyers to order prosecutors to name a confidential informant they hope can help undermine the credibility of two key government witnesses.
Bulger’s lawyers wanted U.S. District Judge Denise Casper to order prosecutors to turn over the name of the informant mentioned in an FBI report from 2000. They say the informant gave information about former Bulger associates Kevin Weeks and John Martorano that could contradict their testimony at trial.
In an order filed Friday, Casper denied the request, saying the informant is not the only person able to bolster or weaken the testimony of the government witnesses.
But Casper ordered prosecutors to turn over documents about any follow-up investigation on the informants allegations.
ME: Mom, son were chopped to death
BELMONT, N.H. — Authorities say a man and a woman whose bodies were discovered in a central New Hampshire home were those of a 39-year-old man and his mother, who were chopped to death.
The victims were identified as 59-year-old Priscilla Carter and her son, Timothy. Their deaths were ruled homicides.
Authorities say police responded to the Carter’s single-family home in Belmont on Friday and found the two bodies inside. Autopsies were performed Saturday.
The medical examiner’s office determined Priscilla Carter’s cause of death was multiple chop wounds and blunt force injuries, while Timothy Carter’s cause of death was multiple chop wounds. The office did not say what kind of weapon was used.
The killings remain under investigation. No arrests have been made.
Belmont is a small city of 7,000 residents about 25 miles north of Concord.
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